Saturday, December 7, 2013
Instant analysis: Oklahoma 33, OSU 24
By Brandon Chatmon
Oklahoma knocked off Oklahoma State 33-24 at Boone Pickens Stadium on Saturday. Here’s how it happened:
It was over when: Blake Bell lofted a perfect pass to Jalen Saunders for a 7-yard touchdown with 19 seconds left in the game. It capped an eight-play, 66-yard game-winning drive, although the Sooners added a touchdown as the clock ran out, when OSU’s last-ditch attempt at laterals ended with a fumble return for a touchdown by Eric Striker.
Game ball goes to: Bell. The junior was outstanding on OU’s final drive. He stepped up when it mattered, going 5-of-8 on the final drive and finding Saunders. Bell finished 10-of-16 for 140 yards and one touchdown after Trevor Knight did not return after halftime because of a hand injury.
Unsung hero of the game: Saunders caught the game-winning touchdown and had a 64-yard, momentum-changing punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Best call: The Sooners had several terrific play calls in the game, but the best was a fake field goal that resulted in an 8-yard touchdown catch by kicker Michael Hunnicutt in the third quarter.
What it means: Baylor and Texas are playing for the outright Big 12 championship later Saturday, and Oklahoma has a legitimate chance to earn a BCS berth after this win. The Sooners also ruined the BCS hopes of their rivals from Stillwater with the upset.